The frequently-leaked Galaxy Tab S4 was finally announced a couple of hours ago, but that's not the only tablet Samsung took the wraps off of today. The more budget-oriented Galaxy Tab A line now has a 10.5" variant, making it a Tab S4 lookalike for (presumably) a lot less money.

Specs

Dimensions 260.0 x 161.1 x 8.0mm, 529g (Wi-Fi) or 534g (LTE)
Screen 10.5" 1920x1200 TFT LCD
Processor Snapdragon 450, octa-core
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB w/ microSD expansion
Camera (rear) 8MP w/ flash
Camera (front) 5MP
Battery 7,300mAh
Software Android 8.1 Oreo

When compared to the Tab S4, the Tab A 10.5" is thicker, taller, and heavier, but a bit narrower in spite of both tablets having 10.5" displays. Its 16:10 screen is a decent 1200p, but Samsung unfortunately chose to go with a TFT LCD over an AMOLED like the Tab S4's. Power is decent; the Snapdragon 450 and 3GB of RAM will keep things moving at a fair pace. All that is backed up by a pretty sizable 7,300mAh battery.

The 8MP rear camera is nothing special, but hey, you shouldn't be taking pictures with a tablet anyway. The 5MP front-facing camera will do the job for video calls. There are four Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, which should make for an above-average audio experience. Android 8.1 Oreo is present, but anything less would be unfortunate. Speaking of unfortunate, there's no fingerprint sensor.

The Tab A 10.5" will come in blue, black, and white, and in both Wi-Fi and LTE variants. No pricing or availability information was given out, but expect it to be a fair bit cheaper than the $650 Tab S4.

Press Release

Fit for the Whole Family: Samsung Introduces the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’

High-quality entertainment features, now at a budget-friendly price

August 02, 2018

SEOUL, KOREA – August 2, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’, a new tablet that keeps you and the family entertained while at home or on the go. Featuring new family-friendly entertainment options and enhanced audio and visual features, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ is ideal for enjoying your favorite movies or shows at home or on the go. Whether you’re lounging on the couch or enjoying a long drive with your family, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ can keep you and your children entertained for hours. And with added connectivity features like Samsung’s SmartThings, managing your home has never been easier.

“We are proud to announce the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’, Samsung’s latest addition to the tablet lineup with capabilities that make life easier, and more entertaining for the whole family,” said Jason Lee, Director and Head of Tablet Product Strategy Group at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Featuring a refreshed design, enhanced parental controls and new home connectivity capabilities, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ is the perfect complement for the modern household.”

With the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’, friends and family can watch movies, play games, listen to music or browse content together on a 10.5-inch display featuring a generous 16:10 screen-to-body ratio thanks to its slimmer bezels. Four speakers are built into each corner of the tablet with support from Dolby Atmos®, which transforms your mobile entertainment experience with moving audio that flows all around you.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ also gives parents the control to manage content and usage time with Kids Mode, Samsung’s child-friendly tablet interface designed to make learning and entertainment simple, safe and fun. This mode features Kids Browser, Galaxy Apps for Kids and eight free child-friendly apps from family favorite brands including Toca Hair Salon 3 and BRIO World - Railway. Families can also use Multi User Mode on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ to create various accounts on the same device, such as one account for a child with separate accounts for the parents— for greater functionality on a single tablet.

Managing the family and home has never been easier with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’ through enhanced connectivity features. Samsung’s Always On Daily Board brings integral daily information to one easy-to-view home hub including a clock, calendar and weather updates as well as a digital photo library. And now users can easily control their home environment from their family-friendly tablet with SmartThings1 on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5’’. Control your connected home appliances via SmartThings with the touch of a button. Whether you’re getting the kids ready for bed or need to turn up the heat during a rainy day, smart home controls make it easy to manage your connected home.2

For more information about the Galaxy Tab A 10.5”, visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com or news.samsung.com/galaxy.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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